2021 Performers

The musicians who will be performing for Mardi Gras for a Cause 2021 are listed below. All of these musicians are donating their time to help raise money for Backpack Snack Attack.


Emish is an award winning, high-powered Americana folk-roots inspired trio with Celtic influences. For over a decade, these New York natives have thrived as a nationally touring band taking with them their versatile musical background, foot stomping energy, engaging performances and mastery of their instruments.

Band members:
Bobby Curreri – singer-songwriter and guitarist
Christy Brown – fiddle and strings virtuoso
Jennifer Curreri – multi-instrumentalist and singer


Orange County, New York’s premier cover band! We play an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary rock, pop, and indie!

Band members:
Jim Huzella – Keys and Vocals
Ken Scarpa – Guitar and Vocals
Dana Drevitson – Drums and Vocals
Joe Crescimanno – Bass
Guy Callari – Guitar and Vocals


George Harrison would have been 75 in 2018. This special performance will be a tribute to his music and life.  Several of The Dark Horses, a powerhouse line-up of Orange County musicians, bring to life Harrison’s musical legacy from his Cavern Club days with the Beatles through his solo career, including collaborations with Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, and The Traveling Wilburys.

Band members:
Glenn John Arnowitz – keyboards, harmonica, vocals
Gerard “Gee” Mancini – guitar
Michael Hickey – percussion
Jeff Mullaney – bass,vocals
Melissa Pinglora-Mahony – vocals, ukelele
Patty Gordon – vocals
Michael O’Brien – guitar, vocals
Barton Schindler – horn man
Jim Briggs – horn man


A 9-piece band from Warwick, Uncle Shoehorn’s Funky Dance Party takes audiences on a unique journey through America’s musical heritage including selections and styles from all notable US regions. With a heavy emphasis on New Orleans funk selections from the Funky Meters, Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic and Allen Toussaint to blues music including Delta-style blues from Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters and Chicago blues from the likes of Butterfield Blues Band, Son Seals, Magic Sam, Little Milton and many more. Uncle Shoehorn explores selections from across the wide spectrum of American musical styles including Blues, Funk, Soul, R&B, Rock & Roll, Folk, Classic Country, and even a taste of Bluegrass.

Band members:
Tony Vee – Lead Singer and Guitar
Todd Lapenna – Guitar and Vocals
Max Aronov – Bass Guitar
Warren “Skunk” Congdon – Drums and Vocals
Rick Savage – Trumpet
Barton Schindler – Tenor Sax
Eric “the Nooch” Iannucci – Trombone
Joe Biglin – Keys
Lorinc Zord – Percussion